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  • The pitfalls of posting: what not to do on social media when getting divorced
    With the phenomenal rise of social media, it has been no big surprise that we regularly see the effects on the family and in family law cases. For many people, social media offers a way to cope with a family breakdown with support from friends, online forums and advice. However social media can also prove... […]
    Victoria Clarke
  • Does justice have to be face-to-face?
    The Law Society Gazette carried an article the other day that informed us that Professor Richard Susskind, IT adviser to the Lord Chief Justice, told a conference last week that ‘no basis exists in jurisprudence or legal philosophy for conducting justice face-to-face in physical premises’. His words have provoked quite a strong reaction from the... […]
    John Bolch
  • Missing husband presumed dead in Egypt
    I’ve said it many times before, but you really never know what you’re going to get when you dip into the latest family law reports. The point, of course, is that family law deals with such a wide range of human behaviours: some good, some bad, and some just mysterious. The case Halford v Halford,... […]
    John Bolch
  • Disinheritance and the law: Just how binding is a last will and testament?
    Theo Hoppen, Senior Solicitor at the Stowe Family Law Harrogate office joins us on the blog to look at issues surrounding inheritance and wills. When Melita Jackson passed away in 2004 she left an estate valued at just under £500,000. Two years previously she had made her last will that disinherited her estranged daughter (Heather... […]
    Theo Hoppen
  • Expert witnesses and radical changes: The President speaks
    On Friday the new President of the Family Division Sir Andrew McFarlane gave a speech to the Annual Bond Solon Expert Witness Conference (Bond Solon are a provider of legal training). Naturally, the speech was aimed at the audience of expert witnesses, but there were certainly a few things in it of note to those... […]
    John Bolch
  • A week in family law: Weddings, adoption, financial remedies courts and more
    The Chancellor’s announcement that the Government will ask the Law Commission to review the laws around weddings in England and Wales has been welcomed by the Law Commission. The Commission says that the project will look to propose options for a simpler and fairer system to give modern couples meaningful choice. In 2015 the Law... […]
    John Bolch
  • The wrath of the Court
    As the latest celebrity divorce to hit the press continues, Ant McPartlin has found himself in hot water with the judge for skipping a hearing about the financial settlement for his divorce, apparently on advice from his media barrister. We asked Mark Chapman from our Reading office to join us on the blog to look... […]
    Mark Chapman
  • Parental alienation case is a lesson for all parents
    I will cut straight to the point: if you are involved in a dispute over arrangements for your child or children, and if the issue of parental alienation has been raised, then you would do well to read the judgment of His Honour Judge Clifford Bellamy in the recent case D (A child : parental... […]
    John Bolch
  • Dishonesty in divorce
    Are you suspicious that your partner is hiding assets or income from you or is lying about their assets and value in your divorce or separation? Fraud is rare in divorce cases but it does happen. Here are five “red flags” to indicate whether your spouse may be being less than honest with their disclosure... […]
    Stowe Family Law
  • Litigants in person are not entitled to special privileges
    In these post-legal aid days we are of course seeing far more litigants representing themselves in the family courts. Whilst the courts are not unsympathetic to the difficulties faced by litigants in person (‘LiPs’), a recent Court of Appeal case confirms that they are still subject to the rules and are not entitled to special... […]
    John Bolch